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there are at least half a dozen major controversies inside the obama administration that the president apparently didn't know anything about. today in the "wall street journal" front page headline says obama unaware as u.s. spied on world leaders. and i i believe that's true. while some americans think about mr. obama knew about fast and furious, irs, benghazi, libya, and the nasa spying while they were in -- nsa spying while they were in development. the president does not manage in a microway. he delegates often to incompetent people. most vivid example is the enormous screw up in obama care. that's the president's signature issue and he was apparently totally unaware that the roll out was broken. now, i could be wrong. i could be wrong about this. barack obama may have micromanaged all that stuff i mentioned. it's possible, but i believe improbable. last night on "60 minutes," the horror of four americans being murdered in benghazi, libya are was portrayed. lt. colonel andy wood said he warned the obama administration al qaeda was hunting the american ambassador. >> tried to assassinate the br
the obama administration al qaeda was hunting the american ambassador. >> tried to assassinate the british ambassador. wood says to him, it came as no surprise because al qaeda using a familiar tactic, had stated their intent in an online posting, saying they would attack the red cross, the british, and then the americans in benghazi. >> and you watched. >> as they did each one of those. >> and the british mission and the only ones left. >> were us. they made good on two out of the three promises. it was a matter of time until they captured the third one. >> and washington was aware of that? >> they knew we monitored it. we included that in our reports to it both state department and dod. >> the problem with colonel woods' assertion is that we don't know exactly who he warned? was it secretary of state clinton? secretary of defense panetta? both deny knowing of specific threats. and, of course, president obama says he did not knowed extent of the danger either. after the intent was underway the administration did not take action. >> you did had this conversation with the defense. you asked
for this to work. turning out young people is crucial to make this law work. that's what the obama administration says. their numbers show in order for this law to really work and be sustainable they need about 2.7 million people, young people, young and relatively healthy folks to sign up for exchanges in the first year. the reason they need that is these young people by paying more and not using very much healthcare will balance out the premiums and create a broad risk pool that will -- >> cover the geezers like me who are much more likely to get sick and whose costs would be much higher. i get a break and the young people pay more. >> right. this is campaign style marketing. the obama administration has really thought about this in the exact same way they thought about the presidential political campaigns obama was successful in turning out young people to vote. >> he hired these consult can'ts brilliant about using it. when he set it up he used the government contractors who is saying. >> the obama administration has more experienced doing the marketing side rather than the politics and techn
whenever breaking news changes everything. >>> now you see her, now you don't. the obama administration taking down the smiley face lady and replacing her with this. but maybe it's time they replace her with this. ♪ >> welcome everybody, happy or not so happy monday. i'm neil cavuto and this is your world. now there's talk of rebilling the whole darn thing. >> i know they called in another private entity to try to help with the security of it. the problem is, they may have to redesign the entire system. the way the system is designed it is not secure. >> and an enter rebuild in a few weeks. that's what they're talking about. to web experts, who say not a chance. so, you're looking at this and saying, that is just not feasible. why not? >> it's very difficult task to accomplish. they've taken months, if not a year or so to even build where it is today. if they're thinking of rebuilding it from scratch, just thinking 0 month, building the whole thing, it's a herculean task. >> they saying they don't want to scrap the whole thing and can do this in a few weeks, just sort of, i guess, bui
of the obama administration. they are more into perception and feeling than they are into governing. i used the line about the wizard of oz. in oz it's more important what the perception is than the reality. and the secretary today obviously felt we should just believe her and the president that they want to happy these people and not pin her down on the reality. >> she said hold me accountable. she said, okay, i'm responsible. hold me accountable. how? they say she still has the confidence of the white house. he's not ready to fire her. no one is getting fired though we have wasted hundreds of millions of the taxpayers' money on a website that doesn't work while we are cancelling people's insurance. who will be held accountable? >> she'll be held accountable and the president will be held accountable. >> how? >> this website is a debacle. obama care. the president said if you like your health care plan you can keep it. >> we know that. respectfully, sir. we know that. the question is how will they be held accountable? she said, hold me accountable. how? can barack obama -- he's the only on
are leaking to the press. remember the rumors the obama administration was thinking of booting vice president biden off the ticket for hillary clinton. >> that's crazy news chatter. >> joe, you heard from insiders about this. everybody poo-pooed you. >> said it early on. people were talking about it in '11. i heard from insiders. we talked about it on this show. everybody laughed. >> well, it turns out, when you say it, yeah. it turns out -- it turns out, oba obama's chief of staff at the time, was actively pushing the idea. his quote, i was vocal about looking into a bunch of things. this was one of them. you have to remember, at that point, the president was in awful shape. so, we were like holy christ, what do we do. fortunately for vice president biden, research suggested the move wasn't going to help the president's chances. i wonder why? >> hillary clinton's approval rating is down to 46% right now, i saw. hillary clinton -- >> this is interesting. >> i have great admiration for her. >> i do, too. i think she's going to run. >> benghazi is a serious, it's a lot more difficult for her to
. >> the administration has called in experts from google and other tech giants to help fix the obama care website and say the site should be fixed by the end of november. >>> here is something for you to consider if you're going over open enrollment options for your health insurance. the obama administration is loosening rules covering flexible spending accounts. cnn's christine romans joins us from new york with more. good morning, clis teen. christine. >> good morning, carol. this is a great time to figure out how much money you should set aside pre-tax dollars to pay out-of-pocket medical expenses. the treasury department saying you will be able to roll over $500 a year if necessary. remember that use it or lose it rule, for years if you put money in the flexible spending account and didn't use all of it you lost it. now you will be able to carry over $500 into the next year. there is some 14 million americans who use these flexible spending accounts, also called fsas, so this will affect an awful lot of people. you will be able to roll that over. it should be noted the limits have changed, used to be
are they being straight and honest with you about the obama administration. i shouldn't have to do this. i shouldn't have to make these kind of threats. they should provide an irresponsible way those who lived in benghazi what happened to four, during after. bill: threatening to block the nomination of all nominees until congress is allowed to talk to the survivors of the attack in gaza. kt mcfarland now fox news national security analyst, nice to see you. he says i shouldn't have to do this to make these threats. why does he have to be? >> the administration will not let the survivors testify. why won't you let the survivors testify? if they don't get permission from the government to testify, these guys operate in the shadows, they go under pseudo names, they are cia contractors. if the government doesn't hire them, they don't have any jobs again. the government has to give them permission to testify before they do it. bill: you say the real question to all this is what were we doing there? >> we already know this is a massive screwup. we didn't have enough security, we didn't rescue the
morning everybody, i'm martha maccallum. the issues as we said continue today as the obama administration is scrambling to get this whole thing fixed. but top republicans say they think this may just be the beginning into the website was supposed to be the easy part of this. so i see actually this is just the tip of the iceberg or problems with bigger problems to come but the democrats i think are at a point of high anxiety. bill: that was senator barrasso from yesterday. sebelius is on the hot seat this week testifying on what has been an unmitigated disaster. jonah goldberg, leads our coverage, editor-at-large, "national review." good morning you to. you've been studying this over the weekend. another crash overnight. what happened this time? >> this is one of the contractors, the data services hub which provides information to the insurers and to other government agencies, it went dark and sent everything into a sail spin. they say they will try to fix it as quickly as possible. bill: republicans are talking all weekend. they believe this is the just the tip of the iceberg. if that is
a confidential report is serious warnings. i will tell you an obama administration spokesperson says this was not a dire warning but a list of things to do. when you look at it, chris, much of it reads like it was written in the weeks after the site launched, not before. almost a full month before healthcare.gov went live cgi, the main can thor working on the site highlighted glaring problems, a confidential report obtained by cnn raised red flags like we don't have access to monitoring tools, not enough time in schedule to conduct adequate performance testing and hub services are iter it mittently unavailable, meaning the site stops working at times. plainly stated warnings and yet they weren't passed on to president obama. he didn't know there were problems until after the site launched. >> i this it became clear fairly early on, the first couple of days -- >> not before that, though, not before october 1st. >> reporter: when embattled health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius testifies before congress today she'll point a finger at some of the private contractors her a
possibly, helpfully in a way for the obama administration, the website problem is this story abut, people are losing health insurance. that here we have the launch of the affordable care act. and the, the story that is leading the news now is people, losing health insurance. the president just explained its a kind of gross oversimplification of what is actually happening. >> well, not only an oversimplification, lawrence, but also, it is tear bleep misleading. i mean that -- it is terribly misleading. i mean that 5% of americans in the private insurance market. half have been losing their health insurance every year. the private insurance market, the insurance premiums, co-payments and deductibles have been taking huge leaps, 15%, 20% increases every year. so all that the affordable care act does, it says look, you guys you have got to play by standard rules. you have to provide minimum coverage. in terms of competition if you want to go 15%, 20% a year increase, compete directly with others in the exchanges. now, of course the exchanges have got to by up and running for people to see the
. >> the reason why we were sold this is because for a lot of people in the obama administration and the democrats they believed that the end justifies the means. so their means are good. they have good intentions. and yes, we need a better health care system in this country, hands down. and you know me, sean. i'm a conservative. i believe we need health care reform. we need insurance reform that's coupled with tort reform. we need major change. and people are afraid of change -- >> we also have a free market. >> we've got to sell this hard. >> senator, you've lived this life. >> let me tell you. i've lived it, been it. and i've abused it as well. this was one of the great abuses. and it demonstrates -- you know the old cliche power corrupts and absolute power is the worst. i've seen it with republicans. we never quite had absolute power because we didn't have the ability to stop the filibuster in the senate. they had absolute power. they didn't give a darn. they weren't willing to listen. and they adopted a plan that unfortunately is doomed for failure. and i say unfortunately. you cannot -- you'
arabia's unhappiness with the obama administration burst into full flower as we recall a couple of weeks ago with blind quotes and attributed quote to its intelligence chief voicing such displeasure over the u.s. what they see as president obama's flip-flop on whether or not to strike syria over chemical weapons, for one. and two, it's now very vigorous pursuit of negotiations with iran. so for saudi t is really all about the big struggle for power in the region between itself and iran. and there's definitely a doubt about the steadfastness of the u.s.. >> ifill: so is it real anger or diplomatic anger? >> that's much debated. there is real anger on the issues and you heard that from the foreign minister today, who really ticked them off. and he said at one point there are ticking time bombs that cannot just be managed and managed endlessly. about syria and iran. but i'm reliably told that the sawed saudies despite the threats in the earlier stories, they don't plan to try to totally go-it-alone in funding and giving arms to rebels in syriament because they think only the u.s. actually h
'm erin burnett. out front tonight. breaking news under pressure. the obama administration has just authorized the release of more details about the american government's collection of telephone data. the director of national intelligence, james clapper just said this in a statement. their declassification is not done lightly. i have determined, however, that the harm to national security from the release of these documents is outweighed by the public interest. now clapper and other officials are all going to be testifying in detail about this program on capitol hill tomorrow. the white house, though, so far has begged ignorance. but what exactly is the president's role? here's what we know. now hear me out here. a u.s. official tells cnn tonight that president obama was briefed on u.s. spying program, including the one that targeted world leaders when he took over the white house from president george w. bush. they say he also would have been told which countries were being targeted in those brifings, but then senior official still insists to cnn that president obama didn't learn u
in the entire obama administration has asked you not to release those numbers? >> we have made a group, we made the decision that we were not releasing the numbers till mid-november. >> but then you don't know, you have no idea what those numbers are at this point? >> told you we release the numbers in mid-november. >> i take that as you don't want to answer the question. jon: what about it, simon? they had some numbers. they just don't want to talk about them yet. >> i don't think it is any secret this rollout hasn't gone particularly well and there have been problems with the website and movement of data around. i think they're taking, i think they're doing the right thing now, which is they're not putting out partial numbers and not putting itout stuff and say we screwed this up later. they're cautious and coming out in mid-november and releasing them every month afterwards, i think that is reasonable, given the trouble that has happened. that is reasonable path forward. we'll know a lot more in two weeks, jon. jon: they need seven to nine million healthy young americans to sign up? is that
". >> i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer. the obama administration is not actually denying the information. the health and human services department is down playing released documents. let me quote them. they appear to be notes. do not include enrollments, statistics. we will release enrollment stats on monthly basis after coordinating information from different sources paper, online, call centers, verifying with insurers and collecting data from states. martha: byron york, "washington examiner" and fox news contributor. what do you make about the number six. >> now we know why the administration is secretive about the numbers. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius was asked by congress about this she wouldn't give it. we know the number was beyond embarrassing. six people on day one. had a total of 248 by the next day. this has really stunned a lot of people. especially democrats, who voted for this. they basically summoned top white house officials including white house chief of staff to capital hill yesterday to explain this. you know they wanted to find
after 30 days of the administration refusing to release any numbers on obama care enrollment moments ago fox news getting our very first look at concrete numbers from the big health care sign up. and it shows just six people enrolled on the first day of sign ups. six. welcome everyone i'm megyn kelly. this is the kelly file and the news is breaking this evening. for weeks this administration has refused to give out enrollment numbers. in testimony before congress, to the american people, the president giving a speech, no, no, no, no. so the house oversight committee subpoenaed information from okay lean setba -- kathleen sebelius. in just this last hour moments before we came to air, we got this detailing of what actually happened in the first days of the obama care launch. look at this. six on day one. six people. meeting, two which was later that day. 100 total signups. by midday on october 2nd they had 100. the next day, october 3rd, 248 signups. good gracious. chris, not 16, not 600. not 6,000. six. there are more people in this room than signed up for obama care on day one, the big
swindles. robbing peter to pay paul. >> reporter: a former health adviser to the obama administration argued on fox news sunday the wave of policy cancellations is justified because they were substandard and that people who held them might need uncovered care, which would simply shift their cost onto others. >> they're inunder or have low insurance. they transfer these costs to the rest of us. that's the whole point of part of obama care, to eliminate this cost shifting. >> reporter: but obama care doesn't eliminate cost shifting, it magnifies it because the new health care law is a massive cost-shifting exercise itself, forcing the young to pay more for the old, the healthy to pay more for the sick and even men to pay more to offset the cost of women. >> premiums are going up because they're allowing people to come into these markets who are already sick and they're unable to charge them a higher price because they're sick. so those costs get shifts to everyone else. >> reporter: older people can only be charged as much as three times as much as younger people. >> what that means is
to be quiet. this is typical from the obama administration. isn't that the chicago way? dare to criticize the president, you will be smeared, slandered, attacked. thugs from the windy city? here's reaction. fox news legal analyst peter johnson, jr., richard fowler and, yes, she's back, co-host of "the five," kimberly guilfoyle. >> thanks, sean. >> the white house literally are calling them if they dare to speak out publically. the insurance companies are reacting by being intimidated. >> we are hearing the truth. you had a feeling this was going on. we have seen it when the white house, administration doesn't get their way or they are criticized for problems in policies or failure to launch in this situation. to me, this is what they do. it is the chicago way. there will be reckoning, retribution and revenge. >> why would the white house call an insurance company, richard? why do that except to silence them, intimidate, bully them? >> i think the insurance companies here are communicating to their enrollees and not correctly. the white house is saying, listen, you are saying the plans are
responsible for healthcare.gov rollout became the first obama administration official to testify before congress. until today tavenner had largely avoided scrutiny from republicans who have instead preferred to train their fire on her boss kathleen sebelius. >> i understand you're not publicly releasing those numbers but i'm asking, do you have any idea of on a weekly basis how many people enrolled in how do you not know how many people have enrolled? >> we'll have those numbers available mid november. >> while the sniping over the website persists in committee, republican leadership is out with a new message. we're over the website. >> the problem with obama care isn't just the website, it's the whole law. >> the bottom line is the problems with obama care run deeper than just the website. >> the problems go well beyond a flopped website. >> it is clear obama care and flaws are much more than the website. the website is the tip of the iceberg. >> this week republicans smelled blood in president obama's claim no americans would be kicked off their existing plans. >> let me repeat this.
keep rolling at the world and at the obama administration. i'm surprised there has not been more push back. it triggered a response by major nations. france, germ knowy and britain which has been our partner in a lot of surveillances saying it will work can europeans. we will come out with new rules that the nsa will have to live with. they will be more limited and the question will have to sort out that does that put the country at greater risk of the attack and does it take away any weapons important in defending the united states and allies as we go to greater protections of civil liberties. >> does anyone believe they would tap the phone of one of america's important allies. the cell phone of a world leader like angela merkel? does anybody believe the president would be kept in the dark? >> i believe there is such mass as david was saying. >> no, no. it's one thing if you -- >> i do not think the president was tapping. >> you don't think the president knew that angela merkel's cell phone -- >> i don't believe it. >> which is worse? >> that's terrible, yeah. >> if the president doe
revelations, just keep rolling at the world and at the obama administration. i'm surprised there's not more push back because it's triggered a response by major nations, france, germany, even britain that's been our partner said it will work with the europeans for new rules. we'll come out of this with new rules that the nsa has to live with. somewhat more limited collection of these signals. the question we'll have to sort out does that put the country at any greater risk of attacks. does it take away any weapons that were important in defending the united states and our allies for that matter as we go to greater protection of civil liberties. >> does anybody around this table believe the nsa would tap the phone of one of america's most important allies, the cell phone of a wld leader like angela merkel. does anybody believe the president would be kept in the dark? >> i believe there's such -- >> it's one thing if you tap the phones -- >> i don't think the president was tapping merkel's phone. >> you don't think that the president knew -- >> he may have gotten the data. i don't believe tha
in the obama administration comes forth like john d. did with richard nixon and provides evidence president obama knowingly lied about obama care, president would be impeached. that's truth. >>> craig, dana perino is a liberal in disguise. i didn't know that. i don't think she knows it either but i'll tell her. >> terry, bill my son is a senior at brown university and those students thought down ray kelly were despicable. but i disagree with you that brown is no longer a great school. the overall atmosphere at the school is off the chart left. chris bryant, charlotte being north carolina, as a brown graduate i'm ashamed by the way the school treated ray kelly. tim o'hara, you and rob lowe have good chemistry. how about a segment called lowe on the left. snappy title, tim but lowe is a little too expensive for us especially after winning an emmy for "killing kennedy." >> now that your book "killing jesus" is a phenomenal success, who can you see playing jesus? >> we're casting that and there's no shortage of actors who believe they are god. get your orders for signed copies of "killing jesus
is the lowest it has been in his administration, in the presidency of barack obama. he now stands at a 42% job approval rating. one interesting other side note to this is that a majority of americans now say that they belong to neither party. >> that is interesting. >> things in the country, they are a changing. >> perhaps because that broken promise is an expensive one personally for so many americans right now. instead of this blurry national debt, it is their own pocketbooks it is being pulled from. that may be why they don't feel the love. >> heather nauert is going to talk about something different. >> good morning. hope you're off to a great day. there is a bombshell new report based on documents leaked by edward snowden and it accuses the n.s.a. of secretly tapping into google and yahoo's internet servers. the original prism scandal that involved complicated court orders allowing the n.s.a. to subpoena records from those companies, but this latest program code named muscular could have been painting the same record behind google's and yahoo's back. the n.s.a. has denied the claim that 1
administration and the botched rollout of the healthcare.gov website? a lot of ways. president obama took responsibility for fixing the problems, as did the vice president and the secretary of health and human services. >> you deserve better. i apologize. i'm accountable to you for fixing these problems. >> we assumed that it was up and ready to run. but the good news is, although it's not, and we apologize for that, we're confident that by the end of november it will be. >> so there's no excuse for it. i take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed asap. >> our chief political analyst gloria borger is here. all various ways of saying, i'm sorry, is it working? politically, are they rebounding from this? what's going on. >> you know, wolf, if you look at the new "wall street journal"/nbc news poll the president is not rebounding politically. i think you've got a poll there that shows that his job approval has dropped to 42%. that's the lowest point in his presidency. the interesting thing to me, you see it there the interesting thing about these polls is that for the first time
this is because for a lot of people in the obama administration and democrats believed the end justified the means. so their means are good. they have good intentions. yes, we need a better healthcare system in this country. i am a conservative. i believe that. we need healthcare reform. we need insurance reform coupled with tort reform. people are afraid of change. >> senator, you have lived this life. >> let me tell you, i have lived it, and i afused it as well. this is one of the great abuses. it dem crates the old cliche, power corrupts. absolute power is the worst. i have seen it with republicans. we never quite had absolute power because we couldn't stop the filibuster in the senate. they had absolute power, they didn't give a darn, they weren't willing to listen and they adopted a plan that unfortunately is doomed for failure. i say unfortunately. you cannot -- you have heard the story, catch me if you can. you have seen that? you think you are going to catchall of these young, healthy people and make them sign up and pay more money for what? not for themselves but because they are going to
care nationwide by the end of day two according to an internal obama administration memo obtained by that oversight committee. adding to the list of white house whos is the fact that the vast majority of those signing up on state exchanges are signing up for medicaid while a much smaller number are signing up for private insurance, the administration says it will release official enrollment numbers in mid november, but, if the numbers are as bad as these reports suggest, what will the president do? joining me now to react from washington, d.c., democrat strategist julian epstein. julian, six? you couldn't make this up. if i had said six, they would call me crazy, racist, who know what is they would call me. six. >> i'm the first to acknowledge that there have been a lot of problems with the rollout. the administration put out a figure october 2 ath where they had about 700,000 people sign up or express interest in signing up for the program. i think the question that you are getting to, eric, is the right question, will they get a sufficient number of people in to sign up, in to t
happened. >> that's key. kirsten. >> the reason why we were sold this is for a lot of people in the obama administration and the democrats they believe the ends justifies the means. their means are good. they have good intentions and yes, we need a better health care system. you know me. i'm a conservative. we need insurance reform coupled with tort reform. we need major change and people are afraid. >> we have the free market. >> we have to sell this hard. >> senator, you have lived the life. >> let me tell you uh -- >> i have lived it. i have abused it as well. >> i don't know about that. this is one of the great abuses and it demonstrates the old cliche power corrupts. absolute power is the worst. we never had absolute power because we didn't have the ability to stop the filibuster in the senate. they had absolute power, didn't give a darn, weren't willing to listen and they adopted a plan that's unfortunately doomed for failure. i say unfortunately. you have heard the story. catch me if you can. you think you will catch young, healthy people, make them sign up and pay more money for w
that the obama administration is having with this health care rollout. there is a moment in the book where they talk about just before the second debate the president's staff staged kind of what they called an intervention because they were so worried about his debate practice performances. and he told them about his lawyerly mind and that that's why he sometimes had unsatisfying answers. mark halperin actually this morning tied those two things together. let me play that for you. >> almost everything that he's having trouble with now, trouble with congress, trouble with public opinion, trouble with explaining himself, you can see in that scene where he's laying himself bare in a way he normally doesn't do to anybody. >> matt, for a president who has been such an incredible communicator, has communication been his downfall sometimes too? >> i think he's been a bad communicator. i think it's a myth that he has special talent to convince the american people about things, especially when it comes to obama care. >> maybe in that instance. i've seen him do some wonderful things. >> he's also ve
for the obama administration. willie, do you believe all spoold up mia was yesterday. everything was going fine, ten she showed up on set, whew. i'd like to apologize. >> i said something that actually made sense and joe just -- >> more impressions today? >> maybe. . maybe so, maybe a great thing. i don't know, i can't wait. >> all right. why don't we get to the news? i love that opening sound byte. that was fantastic. did you see the guy's face just sitting there going -- >> he couldn't get to -- >> you know what, he had in ug to say. >> feeter do i. >> yeah. >> we're going to do the news. this morning, president obama will be in boston -- >> oh, good, he's going to see the red sox. >> i know you invited him. >> sam, you want to go to the game? >> i would love to, i didn't realize i was invited until now, though. >> i just invited you. >> i will see you then. >> we bring sam? okay. are we bringing the plummer? okay. not for the red sox but to speak about the affordable care act. kathleen sebelius is expected for the blame contractors. >> she's profiling. call in caroline kennedy. >> saying the
neighborhood centers to get this health care. and what the obama administration doesn't want to discuss is that health care reform is largely helping poorer people. and i think that that is sort of the tension here, a lot of people are afraid what health care reform really is the next welfare program. >> so the -- the attitude that joy is describing behind reagan's message in 1980, as we saw through the clinton presidency, the dlc, the democratic party tried to respond and did respond in a lot of ways to co-opt a lot of reagan's message, how much of that, how much of what joy is describing is still prevalent in our -- how prevalent is it today? >> i think it is very prevalent. we have one party that says the government is bad. we have other candidates that say the government is bad and doesn't work very well, isn't efficient, joe manchin, folks like that. i'm not sure if obama care works at the end of the day that people's view of the government will change. i think you already had this notion where the sensitive report about this, 149 million people in the u.s. get some kind of governm
on the obama care front. internal administration memos revealing for the first time that extensiveç hurdles for signing up for insurance are not limited to the website. abc's jonathan karl has more from washington. good morning, jon. >> reporter: the white house said repeatedly that people canç bypass the problems on the website by sending an application over the mail or on a hotline. turns out that is not the easy fix that the white house suggested it 0 would be. president obama has repea( reassured frustrated consumers that they could easily bypass crash after crash on healthcare.gov by enrolling in other ways. >> in the meantime, you can apply for coverage over the phone, or by mail, or in person. >> reporter: he said enrolling over the phone is easy and quick. once you get on the phone with a trained representative, it usually takes about 25 minutes for an individual to apply for coverage, about 45 >> reporter: internal obama administration memosç obtained exclusively by abc news from republican congressional investigators show that applications over the phone have the very same prob
himself. the highest ranking administration official to apologize for the rollout of the federal obama care website. >> we assumed that it was up and ready to run, but the good news is, although it's not and we apologize for that, we're confident that by the end of november it will be and there will still be plenty of time for people to register and get online. >> reporter: vice president's biden's comments came in an exclusive interview with cnn's sister network hln and followed another high profile mea culpa. >> let me say directly to these americans, you deserve better. i apologize. >> reporter: embattled health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius was grilled wednesday when she faced a house committee led by republicans looking for scalps. >> michelle snyder is the one responsible for this debacle? >> well, excuse me, congresswoman, michelle snyder is not responsible for the debacle. hold me accountable for the debacle. i'm responsible. >> reporter: the hearing got downright weird at times. >> while you're from kansas, we're not in kansas anymore. >> i was in the third gr
into the little muscles that all the people in the obama administration were using to deal with this. they were so afraid that republicans were trying to defund it they created this broke system of trying to work this out and that that created the problem. >> is the sort of overall idea of sinking in that it doesn't work for all of these reasons? >> absolutely. and it's not just that the website, the manifestation, that's not the only problem. the problem is also getting people's eligibility information to them, getting information to the insurance companies, and those are structural flaws predicted. >> and the consequences of that? >> people are not signing up, which then leads of course if it continues into a month from now if this is still the problem then the consequences are policy consequences that get to the heart of whether this can survive as a piece of policy. >> that's my next question because the president is on the road promoting his health care agenda and everybody agrees this rollout has been a hot mess to put it very bluntly. how big of an effect is it having on the rest of his age
. members of the obama administration including the president now saying they're sorry. does that restore faith in government? what does that really mean to the people of america? >> you know, at this point i think we've gone from the eisenhower era 50 years ago where 85% of americans said when they were asked do you believe in the government will do the right thing most of the time or all of the time, 85% said most of the time or all of the time. now it's over 85% say none of the time or little of the time. so even before this debacle with the website it was really at such a low ebb. >> the thing that struck me yesterday, here's kathleen sebelius getting her butt kicked in congress, right, and then you have president obama in boston holding an obama care rally, he's smiling, saying go team, we're going to get it done, and you look at that as a citizen of this country, and you really don't know what to believe, and isn't that just blending or isn't that, isn't that garnering more distrust in government because we don't know what to believe. >> i think you're right. the way you'd roll some
've also seen recently the repeal of don't ask don't tell. and with the obama administration stopping its enforcement of that federal same-sex marriage ban once the supreme court this year overruled that ban, we're now seeing same-sex couples a lot of them get married so that they can enjoy the federal benefits that traditional couples receive, as well. >> i know that apple ceo tim cook is also weighing in on this, he's pushing the senate to vote for the legislation. but do you think it will? >> reporter: actually the expectation, and let me just tell you this, we just got notice from dean heller, a senator from nevada, a republican, who is saying that he will support it and that actually gives this measure 60 votes. so it is appearing that it is increasingly likely that this will pass the senate. and it really is a lot of the business community that is driving this. i spoke with an advocate this morning who said you look at fortune 500 companies, more than 80% of them already have measures like this in place. and it's actually government they feel that is lagging behind. >> interesting.
own? that makes no sense. why would they want to do that? the obama administration wrote these regulations so strictly that almost no individual health insurance policy in the market today qualifies. i think it's probably going to impact about 80%, 85% of the individual policies ultimately over the next one-year renewal cycle. >> what he's alluding to is it's basically an obamacare squeeze. they're squeezing employers who know coming in the year ahead they're going to have to provide insurance if you work over a number of hours. what those companies are doing is reducing hours. insurance companies, they make small adjustments on a yearly basis, people renew their individual plans, they make one little change and they can't comply with obamacare. they're then squeezed dropping the americans that are now squeezed without care or left to fall into obamacare. >> it's been awhile since i had an individual plan. my brother has had individual plans. they change every year. the deductible goes up, goes down. sometimes you swap companies. a lot of people are saying i feel bad for
. the obama administration has to get it right by 30th. but i think they will. but i think it's extremely slippery logic to think ha somehow the website didn't work for the first 30 days or first few weeks that obama doesn't doesn't work. if the website had worked perfectly, would the right be suddenly saying obama care makes sense? universal health care is a good idea. of course not. >> you think this makes it easy. the fight -- >> yeah. >> -- on whether this health care plan really has merit has just been made easy for the naysayers? >> low-hanging fruit. >> so let's talk about legacy, then. the president's legacy is defined in large part likely by this health care effort. and that's whether it's effective or not. so mercedes, is this white house, in your view, in trouble? >> yeah, absolutely. just this week he made the oversimplified statement to try and defend his oversimplified statement that if you like your health care, can you keep it. well, in fact, 10 million people are likely to lose their health care. the ones that they picked. and he called it quote, unquote, substandard plan
in the obama administration were using to deal with this? they were so afraid republicans were trying to defund it they created this baroque system of trying to work this out and that created the problems. >> but is the sort of overall idea sneaking in that it doesn't work for all these reasons? >> oh, absolutely. and it's not just the website. the manifestation. that's not the only problem. the problem is also getting people's eligibility information to them, getting information to the insurance company, and those were structural flawed predicted. >> the consequences of that? >> the consequences are people are not signing up which then of course if it continues a month from now and it's still a problem, then the consequences are policy consequences that get to the heart of whether this can even survive as politics. >> my next question because the president is on the road promoting his health care agenda, and everybody agrees this rollout has been a hot mess to put it very bluntly. how big of an effect is it having on the rest of his agenda? >> well, you know some pe
with the obama administrati administration what does this say about the government's handle on tech nothing. >> i think it was obviously a black eye. something this big should have been rolled out with a lot more test iing. anybody that's in the business knows that you don't wait until the last two weeks to test something that has three separate parts to put something together. they're bringing in a lot of tech experts, google and others. it's interesting, google is involved. they're involved in everything. >> all right, scott, thank you very much. i appreciate you joining us here on cnn. >> thank you very much. >> all right. d controversial stop and frisk policy back on in new york city. we're discussing that next. when our little girl was born, we got a subaru. it's where she said her first word. (little girl) no! saw her first day of school. (little girl) bye bye! made a best friend forever. the back seat of my subaru is where she grew up. what? (announcer) the subaru forester. (girl) what? (announcer) motor trend's two thousand fourteen sport utility of the year. love. it's what makes a subar
, on the obama care. administration say so. so, when that happens, jon stewart on the daily show, skewer and a boom, boom. so, maybe, i don't know. now, on your radio show, on the syndicated radio show you do you have people from all over the country. are they -- what are they? i don't know because i don't do talk radio anymore. are they off the chart crazy about this or what are they? >> well, listen, as the people listen to me know that i haven't found barack obama -- i don't think he is the end of the world but he is inept and i have to either believe that he is -- you know, i have to believe he is hapless or men november -- first head they put on mount rushmore with his eyes closed by the way. no doubt well intentioned statements. i will say this i go along with his most ardent disciples and deem the president to be perpetually out of the loop. he knows nothing about nothing. >> now, one of the things that president obama didn't know about is that the nsa was spying on merkel of germany and some french guys. we discussed this last week. is it conceivable that he didn't know that anha
headache for the administration about obama care. jeff zeist said it would be running smoothley by the end of november but the next big meltdown is raising questions about that. another major stumble for the problem-riddled website healthcare.gov. >> it's better today than october 1st but it's a long way from perfect. >> reporter: visitors sunday couldn't apply for health care coverage. vendor for verizon, running the data services hub "experienced a failure in a networking component." that service connects healthcare.gov to the irs and other databases used to determine eligibility. the company says they're working to fix the problem. >> what you're seeing here is a gap in innovation and execution. >> reporter: healthcare.gov ridicule on late night tv. >> the site was only designed to handle six users aa time. >> reporter: "saturday night live" mocking kathleen sebelius. >> consider using our low res website, with simpler fonts and graphics. >> reporter: responsible for overseeing the website's implementation, and the pressure isn't letting up. >> she's already as of "saturday night live,"
in the obama administration were using to deal with this. they were so afraid that republicans were trying to defund it they created this broke system of trying to work this out and that that created the problem. >> is the sort of overall idea of sinking in that it doesn't work for all of these reasons? >> absolutely. and it's not just that the website, the manifestation, that's not the only problem. the problem is also getting people's eligibility information to them getting information to the insurance companies, and those are structural flaws predicted. >> and the consequences of that? >> people are not signing up which then leads of course if it continues into a month from now if this is still the problem then the consequences are policy consequences that get to the heart of whether this can survive as a piece of policy. >> that's my next question because the president is on the road promoting his health care agenda and everybody agrees this rollout has been a hot mess to put it very bluntly. how big of an effect is it having on the rest of his agenda? >> well,
from the obama administration, though israeli officials will not confirm it. they say israel targeted missiles and other military equipment they fear could have been given to hezbollah militants in lebanon. >>> the appeals court criticized the earlier judge's conduct and removed her from the case. the ruling puts off a battery of changes for the police department and postpones the planned use of a monitor to oversee reforms of stop and frisk practices. >>> the fbi investigating an apparent security threat that forced the united express flight to be diverted to phoenix. the commuter plane with 47 passengers aboard was headed from san francisco to san antonio when it was forced to land at sky harbor airport yesterday afternoon. bomb squad, police dogs all searched the plane. they found nothing suspicious and passengers resumed their trip several hours later. >>> bankcy bidding adue to the new york area with balloons. the anonymous british graffiti artist ended his month-long residency on the streets of new york. his final piece, he called this an inflatable throwup on the long island ex
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